Gay Teen Rom-Com ‘Love, Simon’ Debuts First Promo

At first glance, it looks like a classic John Hughes teen flick. The major difference with this contemporary take on the genre is the fact the lead character is gay.

Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. It’s based on the best-selling young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s produced by the same studio as The Fault In Our Stars. Riverdale and Arrow maestro Greg Berlanti directed the flick. He talked to Entertainment Weekly recently about his latest project.

“There’s this one section of the film where Simon imagines this one boy and imagines them kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas,” says Berlanti to Entertainment Weekly. “In every other major studio film, it’s always the guy and the girl. And there was something so powerful about it being just a guy imagining himself with this other guy in a film again that was going to be marketed and sold as a mainstream romantic comedy.”

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Nick Robinson plays the lead character, Simon. He’s joined by Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Tony Hale, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel. Love, Simon arrives in theaters on March 16, 2018. Check out the promo below.

Love, Simon Teaser